Bike Trails

Summer 2014 volunteer work has begun

The 2014 Summer Chainsaw crew work has begun.   We may have crews working on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings this spring until it gets too dry for fire danger.  We meet at the maintenance building at the base of Spruce Chair at 4:50 PM and head up the mountain by 5:15 PM.   Our first work site is in between the top of the Townsight Quad chair and the top of Spruce Chair.  Contact Brian Foley btf{at]lanl.gov if you would like to join our crew.

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Neal Pederson has marked where there are trees down on the bike trails, and we need to get those taken care of before summer bike season begins.  See map below.   Contact Neal Pederson or Brian Foley if you can help with this, or if you find other work that is not on the map while you are out riding.

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Bike Trail Work Party Tonight, Sept. 5th and Upcoming Tree Planting Work

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the Spruce Lift (near the cat shack) at 5:00 If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew. The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola. We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season. Craig Martin, Bart Daly, or Frank Reeves should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neal Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/free ride trails.

Also, there’ll be a Pajarito Mountain Tree Planting Day on Saturday, September 15th. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and REI are sponsoring a work party starting at 9:00 am, with a barbecue at 4 pm. Come on up and help them get our future glade runs in shape!

Wednesday evening XC mtn bike trails crew

A reminder that mtn bike trails crew will work this Wednesday evening,  meeting in the parking lot below the  the lodge at 5:30.  If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew.
The plan is to continue  working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola..  Most of our trails need some rehab;  We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season.  We want to be able to showcase at least one XC trail, as well as our downhill/freeride trails during the IMBA summit in October.  Craig Martin,  Bart Daily, or Frank Reeves  should be on hand to coordinate the work.  Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water.  This crew is in addition to Neil Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/freeride trails.  Choose your poison!

Bike Trail Work for Wendesday, 5/30/2012, 5:30pm

We’re doing more Pajarito bike trail work Wednesday night (5/30). We plan to do some dirt work and raking on the section of Aspen for Trouble that goes between the West Road and Half Aspen which will bring back the easier (less uphill) connector to Half Aspen.

We’ll meet in the parking lot below the lodge at 5:30pm and drive up but make sure you contact me if you’d like to help out in case any plans change (662-1461, np@vicontrols.com).

No Volunteer Work Saturday Aug 20th

There will be no volunteer work on the mountain on Saturday August 20th.  WeBe Racing is holding a hare scramble motorcycle race on the mountain, Saturday and Sunday.  Spectators are welcome, but need to check in a the lodge to find out where spectator sites are located.

Tuesday evening, Aug 16th the chainsaw crew will finish upper Lone Spruce and move on to the top of Aspen/Wildcat.  Susan Brockway and Paul Allison are leading crews for erasing a fire line on mid WildCat and making plans for other work.

Wednesday evening, Aug 17th Neal Pederson will be leading a crew for bike trail work.

Work Summary

Here is the basic schedule of work we will be doing every week from now until October.

For jobs not listed here, contact Brian Foley.

Contacts on the ski area are:
Tom Long’s Cell phone is 412-2563 and his email is gm@skipajarito.com
Clay Peres is in the office 662-5725 email clay@skipajarito.com
Mike Green’s Cell phone is 690-1668
Brian Foley’s Cell phone is 948-6863 email btf@lanl.gov
Butch Wood’s cell phone is 412-1419 email igorwood@aol.com
Neal Pederson Cell phone is 660-1400 email np@vicontrols.com

Day/Time Task/Crew Contact
Monday 5 – 8 PM Bike Trails Neal Pederson np@vicontrols.com
Tuesday 5 -8 PM Chainsaw crew Brian Foley  btf@lanl.gov
Wednesday 5 – 8 PM Bike Trails Neal Pederson np@vicontrols.com
Friday A schedule mornings Chainsaw crew Brian Foley  btf@lanl.gov
Saturday 8 AM to noon Bike TrailsChainsaw crew

Chipping Crew

Neal Pederson np@vicontrols.com    Brian Foley btf@lanl.gov            Ron Nakaoka rkn@lanl.gov

August 9th Update

The weekend of August 6th was a huge success.  Thank you very much to all those who turned out to help!!  This week, Neal Pederson is continuing bike trail work, with crews working Monday and Wednesday evenings (Aug 8 and 10) and Saturday morning (Aug 6th).  Brian Foley and Butch Wood are leading the chainsaw crew Tuesday eveniong and Saturday morning, to take care of burned spots on the sides of West Beginner slope and the top of Lone Spruce.  Ron Nakaoka needs help with the wood chipping crew Saturday morning, Aug 13th.

As always,please contact the crew leader beforehand to let them know you are coming to help. (more…)

August 3rd Update.

Mountain manager Tom Long talks about the hill's post-fire conditions to a packed house at Tuesday's general meeting

The special meeting at the ski area last night was well attended.  Thank you all for coming!  We now have an area at the top of Compromise that is ready for chipping, and Ron Nakaoka will lead a small group to feed the chipper on Saturday morning.  Contact Ron if you would like to help him.  Do not show up without prior contact with Ron.  Likewise, for chainsaw work please contact Butch Wood or Brian Foley.  For Bike trail work, contact Neal Pederson.  We will be ramping up the size of work parties slowly, so that we make sure the work is well organized and productive.  If you feel confident leading a small crew of workers, please let us know.  We need more crew leaders, and we can make sure you are given a crew and a job of the right size and type of work for your skills.

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Bike Trails (9/12/2011 Update)

!*!*! Could everyone who worked on bike trails with me e-mail the approximate dates and hours worked to np@vicontrols.com ASAP?!*!*!  Your name will go into a drawing for a bunch of prizes for volunteers.  The more you worked the better your chances!  I tried to keep track of hours but it was difficult the first few weeks when we had some large turnouts.

Recent news:

9/21/2011: Solo work session.  Fixed up the Battle Stations road gap jump, the drop into Muy Loco, and the jump by the holding pond.  I also put several new signs up on the new Cub Scout trail.

9/14/2011: Aaron cut the trees off the new Cub Scout trail and finished up Rich’s new log ride.  Myself, Ben, and Kristin fixed up the open section of Aspenola near Dog Patch, created a new Berm on lower Dogpatch where it briefly goes into the run, fixed up the jumps on lower Dogpatch, and removed a lot of the roots that came up where the motorcycles came through lower Dogpatch.

9/7/2011: Rich added another log between Mother’s Milk and Triple Threat.  We raked all the loose rocks out of upper Mother’s Milk.

Aug 27/28: First day of lift served biking and the trails were great!  Next day will be Ulr Fest and possibly one more after that.

8/22/2011: We posted 23 new signs with maps all over the mountain.  I made them by laminating 8.5×11 laser printouts.  They’re not big but have maps saying “you are here” on them which will make it a lot easier to figure out where you are.  We also fixed up the upper sections of bike trails that the MX race used.  As long as they dry out this week they should be in great shape by the weekend.

8/21/2011: With permission from the race officials, we had five people do a repair to the lower section of where the MX race used Aspenola to prevent severe damage from the ruts.  We got a lot done and then watched the water-outs in affect as a torrential downpour hit us hard.  I was told the race officials would be on the mountain through Tuesday fixing up the affects of the course and I’ve got my fingers crossed.

8/15/2011: We were able to buff up sections of Muy Loco, Battle Stations, and upper Race Course.  On Wednesday (8/17) we chain sawed out all of the down trees on the Lower Aspenola XC trail.  This trail is going to need a lot of Locust bush removal and some dirt work to become very ridable.  Rich Strang has made ton of changes to Mother’s Milk.  It now has several new log rides to replace the ones that burned along with several jumps and a 7′ wooden drop.

We’ll keep working on them but the bike trails are ready to open for lift days!

If you want to help please e-mail me at np@vicontrols.com to let me know you are coming. My phone numbers are 662-1461 (home office) and 660-1400 (cell while at the mountain).

Thanks! – Neal Pederson